Work with and learn from some of today's most significant working artists.

Each year, the Visiting Artist Series brings several notable artists to ASLD to teach master classes, which supplement existing ongoing classes and workshops. This extraordinary opportunity allows students and artists from the community to work with and learn from some of today’s most significant working artists. ASLD is indebted to the visionary support of the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation and the advisory committee.



The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) and Lighthouse Writers Workshop (LWW) present a special lecture and workshop as part of Denver’s 2017 Biennial of the Americas. We welcome Adriana Lisboa (writer) and Julia Moraes (photographer), two Brazilian artists involved in Glossalalia, Women Writing Brazil, a PEN American Journal, for writers with limited access to the global reading community. This important book is in response to a panel of their male contemporaries claiming that there were no noteworthy modern female Brazilian writers. Julia Moraes (image below) captures the women featured in Glossalalia in this group portrait.


Adriana Lisboa and Julia Moraes will discuss their own work and share how their experience as women has impacted their path as artists in Brazil, and also tell the story of how Glossalalia, Women Writing Brazil came to be.

Wednesday, Sept 13 | 6-8PM at ASLD
$15 a person

Ability: All
During this hands-on workshop, Julia and Adriana will combine cell phone photography and writing, to show ways the two can work together. Explore how imagery can influence narrative and other forms of writing. The participants’ photography will inspire writing prompts of shared personal histories.

Saturday, Sept 16 at LWW
Morning Workshop Session: 9AM-12PM | $30
Afternoon Workshop Session: 1-4PM | $30


Join us for our 2017 Fall Visiting Artist Lecture with nationally renowned artist Clayton J. Beck III. After graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Clayton studied at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts with Richard Schmid. Clayton’s career began while still at the American Academy, exhibiting at Jody Kirberger’s Talisman Gallery and winning awards from the Midwest Pastel Society, the Palette and Chisel and the Pastel Society of America.
Currently, Clayton lives and works in Chicago, IL.

“My love for painting has always been enhanced by my love to teach. Any artist who thinks they understand painting should try teaching. They will soon realize how little they know. I have always felt that I have a responsibility to teach because I have been given a generous gift from my teachers, Bill Parks, Ted Smuskiewicz, and Richard Schmid, and it should be passed on to the next generation of painters who share this love of art.” -Clayton Beck III

Thursday, Oct 5 | 6-7:30PM
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

Ability: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional
… We will use this painting as a valuable teaching tool during this two-day workshop. We will learn to see as Sargent saw, breaking the subject down into the essence of structure and corresponding basic value arrangements…

Friday-Saturday, Oct 6-7 | 9AM-4PM
$350 for 2-day workshop; $375 for non-members

Thank you to our series sponsors!

Connie Burwell White and William W. White Foundation

Some of our past visiting artists have included:

  • Beth Cavener gave a sold out lecture and demonstrated her monumental sized animal sculptures in person during a three day long demo.
  • Ricardo Miranda Zuniga in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Zuniga offered a lecture, adult workshop and teen workshop
  • Erick Meyenberg, also in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Meyenberg offered a lecture pertaining to his installation work
  • Jan-Ru Wan gave a week long installation workshop that concluded with a student exhibition
  • Becky Yazdan discussed her abstract paintings and lead a workshop
  • Gail Rieke– gave a lecture and workshop emphasizing her interest in traveling and journalling as part of her installation work
  • John Balistreri, who demonstrated his techniques for making large-scale sculpture in clay and lectured on his pioneering work utilizing 3D rapid prototyping technology to create unique ceramic objects.
  • Jenny Morgan, who lectured and taught a Master Class on the psychological self-portrait.
  • Bonnie Stahlecker, who brought her bookmaking techniques to ASLD in partnership with the Guild of Bookworkers, and lectured on the evolution of her books to sculpture.
  • Patrick Horsley, who demonstrated his techniques in thrown and altered ceramic forms.
  • Bill Amundson, who lectured on his creative process and led a master class in drawing.
  • Jenny Dubnau, who taught a master class and lectured on her creative process in painting psychological portraits.
  • Del Harrow, who led students through exercises and experiments with new and old techniques in stoneware clay and casting slip after an instructor-lead visit to the concurrent Marvelous Mud exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Matt Brown, who introduced the Japanese Hanga Method in a woodblock printmaking workshop. See also Wood and Water article on Matt’s work.
  • Ricardo Mazal, who presented his unique artistic process, which incorporates abstract painting along with digital photography and technology, monotypes, and video. See also Finding Meaning in the Abstract article on Ricardo’s work.
  • Jeanette Pasin Sloan, who works in the great still-life tradition of Western art and takes a distinctly modernist approach to design and color.
  • Richard Notkin, whose teapots, ceramic sculptures, and tile murals are visual explorations into social and political commentary.
  • Chinese artist Yang Yang, who came to Denver with the Asian Arts Coordinating Council.
  • We introduced Zimbabwe sculptor Collen Nyanhongo.
  • Also, VSA arts Colorado partnered with us to bring deaf Israeli artist Uzi Buzgalo to the League to present workshops.

Advisory committee: Rachel Basye, Mark Friday, Tom Burke, Sandy Carson, Richard Chanzit, Peter Durst, Colleen Fanning, Homare Ikeda, Gayla Lemke, Katharine Smith-Warren and Sharon Walsh